Wis. Senate approves $136K for wrongful conviction
MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- The Wisconsin Senate has approved a bill that would increase compensation for a wrongfully convicted man.
Robert Lee Stinson spent 23 years in prison for a Milwaukee homicide he didn't commit.
Stinson asked the state claims board for $115,000, or $5,000 for every year he spent behind bars, as well as $14,000 in attorney fees. The board awarded him $25,000, the maximum compensation under state law. The board recommended state pay him another $90,000 to get him to $115,000.
The bipartisan bill would pay Stinson the additional $90,000 from the state's general fund. Sen. Glenn Grothman introduced an amendment bumping that up to $136,000. He offered no explanation.
The Senate approved the amendment on a voice vote and the bill 33-0 Tuesday. The measure now goes to the Assembly.